Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Take a Study Break!

... which is what I'm doing now!

I am driving myself insane with 5 courses per semester but I'm just soooo done with school, I need to get this over with ASAP instead of taking my sweet ass time. I'm planning to take 6 courses per semester soon which probably means even less time to procrastinate but that means completing my degree so much more faster.

I mean, we all do a facial mask when we study right? #clearskinequalstoclearmind
This was taken about 30 mins from my interview!
I got a new job since leaving the bakery before my China trip. It's with my local gym and guess what... if you're in Vancouver, it's the gym that's owned by a fellow Canucks player located in Canada Place. I love it so far! Great team, great atmosphere and I'm learning a lot!

Okayyyyy, gotta hit the books again!

Business communications is soooooooooooo fun


Monday, March 16, 2015

Braun Silk Epil Bikini Styler (FG 1100) Review

When it comes to the hair "down there", there are a couple of ways to maintain it: shave, wax, laser, cream or trim.
Of course, it's all about personal choices whether you choose to maintain it or not. I don't believe it doing against your preference because society deems we need to.

I've been bare "down there" many of times through many different methods. Shave? Yes, quickest buuut hello stubbles and itchiness; wax? ouch and $$$! laser? I can't afford $500 sessions LOL; cream? waaaaay too time consuming... seriously, 15-20 mins?!

And, if it's not the excuses made towards all the different methods, it's just the fact that I really don't like going bare down there. I feel uncomfortable (physically and mentally) but, I can't keep it untamed. I feel extremely dirty when I don't maintain it.

So, I resorted to trimming. It's fast, easy and clean. It maintains everything down there to a level where I feel comfortable and clean... plus, it's pretty much cheaper than waxing, buying cream and replacing razor blades.

If you're opting to trim, invest in a trimmer. I use to do it with eyebrow scissors and while it does the job, everything was uneven which you can imagine, it gets pretty ugly. You have an area with more hair and then you have an empty bald spot. A trimmer not only creates an even trim, it also decreases any risks of injuries you might sustain with a pair of scissors around such a sensitive area.

I purchased the Braun Silk Bikini trimmer because it was one of the cheapest trimmers in market from a reputable brand. It's a nice handheld electric trimmer that runs on one AA battery with two comb heads for trimming.

1. The trimmer itself. Light, easy to hold and waterproof.

2. 5mm comb to attach to the head to get a close trim.

3. 8mm comb.

4. Brush to clean out hair.

5. Little trimmer for facial hair/eyebrows.

I've been using it for sometime now and it does a great job of removing hair without any tugging. The comb acts as a shield for your skin so you won't cut yourself, especially in areas where it's hard to see/reach. I used it delicately when I had a lot of time and I used it when I had little time - it's amazing how fast I can run the trimmer over the area and not have the fear of getting nicked or anything!

It gets down to a really close shave (5mm!) and yes, it does a great wonder on that thicker patch just above the... you know what. I've ran the trimmer through my inner thigh to get to the hard to reach area and while it does trim off some of the hair, that area is better off trimming it manually with eyebrow scissors. With the comb, it's extremely tough to get a close shave in a small area.

For most part, the trimmer gets most of the hair. Sometimes, you would need to run the trimmer over the area once or twice again to catch a few hair that didn't get trim.

However, I do not recommend using the electric trimmer (without any combs) as a substitution to your razor. I've tried it and it doe not remotely get a close shave as a razor. In fact, it tugs on the hair a bit and after one try on a little area, I had a feeling using the trimmer as a regular razor can easily lead to ingrown hairs around your pubic area.

So, if you want to have a clean shave, opt for your razor. Don't use this to shave your leg hairs as well. It's a great trimmer but not a great shaver!

This trimmer also comes with a mini facial razor. I haven't tried it but after experiencing the poor shaving from the previous razor head, I don't think I want that razor near my face. I'd stick to my regular facial shaver.

Unfortunately, the razor comes with some cringe-worthy "designs".

Yup, these are stickers that Braun recommends sticking to your hair and trimming around the sticker for a fun design. I haven't tried it because I threw away the stickers the moment I saw it... just no.

Overall, if you're looking for an affordable bikini trimmer, opt for this Braun Bikini Trimmer. It gets the job done effectively without breaking the bank (or your skin). Like I said, I recommend you using it with either the 5mm or 8mm comb on your bikini area only. If you're looking for an all-in-one trimmer that can be used as a regular razor, this isn't for you.

Right now, this razor retails for $34.99CAD at London Drugs. I got mine off Amazon for $29.99CAD. If you live in the states or traveling down there, I've read it goes about $15-$20USD.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Call Me Professor ;)

Coming back from vacation sucks... especially when you went during the start of your semester.

I'm not blogging as much until I catch up on my school work and feel satisfy with my progress!

BUT, if you haven't follow me on Instagram, you've missed an important new chapter of my life:

I got accepted into the only instructor's program in the province!

Which means, I can teach!

It's not a Bachelor's of Education (but I am considering a Master's in Education...) but I'm okay with that. This diploma allows me to teach adults and focus on adult education which, for me, beats teaching little kids and teens. I can't image being surrounded by teens...

Being accepted into this program means I'll also be the youngest person enrolled (and possibly graduate from the program). On my application, I explained that I'm in the process of obtaining my Bachelor of HR and my background in various educational settings. I told them my 5 year plan as well. I didn't think they'll accept me without my credentials buuut... it happened!

It's always been my dream to teach and it's finally coming true. I would still love to obtain a position in the corporate world and this degree was aimed towards my later years in life when I'm close to retirement and decide to teach PT at local universities or colleges.

A lot of my friends congratulated me and support me on this new chapter of life. I'm excited to graduate and be able to teach. It'd be weird considering I'll be teaching people about 10-20 years older than me while I still look like a 16 years old buuuut hey, their problem to underestimate me. It'll probably be weird teaching people my age or college freshmen but it's still pretty exciting to share my knowledge and shape education!

Lastly, this is what happens when you're suffering from jet lag:

Friday, March 6, 2015

Recapping my China Feb. 2015 Trip

I'm back!

Last month, I took a somewhat of a last minute month long vacation to China (and we all know how fun the internet can be in china.... /sarcasm). This is the first time I've experienced Chinese New Year in China. I don't have a gazillion photos to share with you guys or any tourist-like photos because I've been back to China so many times, it's honestly not worth taking photos of. I did take a few when the event was interesting.

To recap my trip, here's what happened in Feb. 2015:
  • 1.5 weeks into my vacation, I got food poisoning from bad seafood. It wasn't nice. I threw up a total of 7 times that night before my dad took me to the hospital. Here's the thing about Chinese hospitals - they believe IV fluids can fix anything... and they're right! I'm amazed that I got rid of food poisoning in ~2 hours! Back in Canada, it took me 1.5 weeks to get everything out of my system! However, to do the IV, they need to give in some injection into your buttocks... yeah, I have no idea why Chinese people like to stick needles in bums.
  • My grandpa's 80th birthday was huge and festive. It cost a few thousands to throw him a party.
  • Chinese people take CNY seriously. The students have the entire month off and workers have one to two weeks off... seriously, I would like that!
  • Sushi sucks back in China.
  • I found bubble tea for $1CAD.
  • These folks KNOW you're a foreigner. I may look Chinese and even without speaking to them, they know instantly that I'm not a local... insane.
  • I lost weight than I gain weight... gotta start over for my goal now :(
  • I did homework... sad, I know. But, the benefits of online schooling is that I can do it whenever and where ever. Otherwise, when I come home, I'd be stressed out trying to finish all my assignments.
  • I met my uncle for the first time despite me hanging out with my cousin and aunt a lot
  • I also developed a soft spot for a particular toddler...
  • My dad bought a 4 bedroom condo... why 4 bedroom? Because it was the only one left in the building and he really wanted to live in that building. He also got it for dirt cheap. It's still under construction but from the renders, there'll be a swimming pool, gym and mall downstairs! I'm pretty jealous already...
At YVR, about 2 hours before departure.
Here's the thing about my dad and I: we don't eat breakfast... so, this meal was extremely hard to eat at 9am. No appetite whatsoever but I needed food before getting on the airplane.
The flight itself was 13 hours... ughhhh. I killed time with a lot of Harry Potter movies.
Another sunny quiet day in the village...
We went to Enping, Guangdong, China. It's in southern China so the weather was extremely warm and humid. It's better than freezing winter, to be honest!

I find it disgusting that people in China purchase live chickens. I mean, there are chickens sold dead but majority of people prefer to buy a live chicken and prep them at home. And by prep, I mean... kill and pluck all the feathers out. Yuck.
Food and prayers for my ancestors and grandma! That pig is well around 50kgs
Grandpa's birthday!

Grandpa's 80th birthday was celebrated with a big festive with big crowd and big fireworks. We went all out.
This is the toddler that captured my heart. Her name's Mina and she's 19 months old. She's pretty tall for her age. She looks like a boy because of the lack of hair for her age and gender so I always tease her about it. She has quite a personality!

I got my hair done and let me tell you a story. I told the stylist, with pictures, that I wanted beach waves as a perm. He nodded and said it can be done. Lo and behold, a few hours later.... I look like I was a 40 year old woman. It was soooo bad, I actually wanted to cry. My dad ended up yelling at the stylist and demanded he fixed it asap. I didn't want to stay in the salon for another hour so we went back another time and got my hair straightened out instead. Ugh, I can't imagine coming back to Canada with that perm!

We went to Jiangmen, a bigger city that's about 1 hour away. Jiangmen is famous for its seafood. You can buy your own seafood and bring it to the nearby restaurants to have it cooked. The seafood there is much bigger than here in NA! It's literally shrimps on steroids... which, I wouldn't be surprised LOL.

And no, this didn't give me my food poisoning. Another seafood dinner did. I was the ONLY one that got sick that night so lucky me for picking out that one bad oyster, haha.

People shop in alley ways like this... smelly, dark, and wet.

Why? ...
This is like a real life version of those $20 cooking games... honestly, I would've burnt them all... how can you cook so many dishes at one time?!

In some ways, sushi in Enping is more expensive than in Canada. And it's worst.

Chinese people can't cook steaks... they just can't...
This is a wonderful example of direct literal translate.
Foot massages for $15CAD! It's sooo comfortable, I miss that woman rubbing my feet...
My village does a big fireworks/firecrackers show. See that stream of firecrackers? Picture that running through a big city... it doesn't stop for at least an hour!

Prepping for Chinese New Year means streets and streets filled with flowers!

Firecrackers in the works. My eardrums felt like they were going to explode! And yes, there were times when the streams stopped midway from exploding and that's pretty scary. There'll be a guy that would relight the explosives!

It's been a fun month, however, I think I got enough China trips for a while... I don't see myself going back there anytime soon until I probably get married and all the Chinese folks will probably stare at my interracial marriage.